Opera singer Dame Nellie Melba, the first Australian woman to feature on a postage stamp 50 years ago, is the subject of another commemorative issue that marks 150 years since her birth.
Australia Post issued a 60-cent stamp on 10 May, which adapts an image from the Melba portrait by Australian artist Rupert Bunny, who painted the singer between her engagements on the opera stages of Europe in 1901 and 1902.
She was born Helen Porter Mitchell on May 19, 1861 and took the stage name of Melba, honouring her birthplace in Melbourne's inner-eastern suburbs. She died 80 years ago as the most successful entertainer of her era, and was buried in the Lilydale cemetery, near the cottage where she lived in retirement at Coldstream.
The first Melba issue, a five-pence denomination stamp sufficient for standard domestic and Commonwealth-bound mail weighing up to one ounce (28.3 grams), was released to mark the centenary of her birth in 1961. It was blue and featured an engraving based on a bust of Melba held by the National Gallery of Victoria.
The first day cover of the new Melba stamp issue features a postmark from the Lilydale Post Office that incorporates the outline of a gramophone player.